Ah, resolutions. As useful as shoes for a fish and just as unfathomable (see. See what I did there? Fathom. Fish. Wet shoes. Ah man. That’s good).
But for as much as I don’t see the point, I do set some focuses for myself every year (just as quickly abandoned) and I’d like to share my polo centric ones with you.
Just because I know you’re curious: my other life focuses include bowling better, getting more regular haircuts, and owning a pair of brass knuckles for funsies.
Anywhoo, the list:
Build up my endurance/cardio: As most of you know, my heart is shit. It’s the worst. And being out of shape makes my useless heart even more useless. I’m hoping to work on my cardio and endurance a bit more this year only for the sake of being a stronger polo player. Sure, there is the side benefit of probably living longer, but that’s not nearly so important.
How am I going to do this? By
stealing borrowing Alex’s bike trainer and pedaling at least 20 miles a week (to start, to start. You have no idea how much I don’t move on any given day). When the weather gets warmer I’ll also start going down the rail trail with my wife, and maybe if I convince myself/see that those actions are actually helping, I’ll add more to the mix. At this point, I’ll just be happy if I can find a rhythm on my bike indoors while watching period pieces about put-out women.
Work on teamwork: I’m a pretty team centric guy, but that’s not to say that I don’t have room to grow. I think a good team can beat a good player any day of the polo week, and seeing as though I’m not a particularly good player, I might as well focus on the other side of that mix.
By working on teamwork, I mean recognizing when to pass, when to block, and when to assist. I mean having better communication and being willing to help other people on my team see what is working and what isn’t. It’s not anything amazing, I know, but I feel like there were plenty of times in 2014 where I simply failed to think like a team mate, leading to dumb goals or bad situations.
Not being scared of my bike: Hyperbole, sure. I mean I don’t want to be unfamiliar with anything my bike can or can’t do. I want to get to a point where I can lean further, hop around, wheelie turn, all of that jazz. This is the biggest challenge, and I realize it’s going to be the one that is the least fun to work on; but here we are. I’m going to trrrryyyy to familiarize myself to a point where I’m not even thinking about my bike when doing crazy stuff (which I certainly still do now).
And that’s my list for 2015, soon to be ignored and forgotten about, I’m sure.